This attraction is a series of historic plantation houses and other buildings that were moved here over the years to create a little plantation village. the most famous is the Dickey house built in the 1840's.
This is the view from the top. You can get there either by a cable car or by hiking. It's well worth the effort for the magnificent views which is probably the main reason you would want to visit here.
An 1880's replica village with shops and restaurants at the base of Stone Mountain. Mostly a tourist attraction designed to sell souvenirs and food but still worth a visit to see especially if you want to grab a bite to eat.
Wow this place is amazing, so much to do from hiking to scenic photography, a nice jog and the late night laser show. $15 admisson and $30 a vehicle for the all year pass, what a deal!! Provided a sticker you plop on the left top window corner. My favorite so far hands down is the historic plantation grounds big wow. Very deep historic roots, original chairs, items intact dated all the way back to the 1700's, just takes you back in slavery time. Well recommended for field trips or just learning something in life of how it all began. We were escorted in by a very professional informative helpful young lady at the desk by the name of "Eyrn" she did an amazing job welcoming us in, showing us a map and all the great things to see, she is perfect and should well off be the management of this area. Highly recommended!!
Way back in 1991, while on a summer trip with my parents and brother, I visited Stone Mountain Park and spent the night at the at the adjacent Stone Mountain Inn. Located in the eastern suburbs of Atlanta, Stone Mountain is actually a massive monolith--solid granite that has pushed up through the earth's crust to form a mountain of solid rock. A skylift takes visitors from the base to the top of Stone Mountain. Along the way visitors can behold the gigantic carvings of three Confederate generals on horseback that have been carved into the facade of the mountain, similar in fashion to the more famous Mount Rushmore in South Dakota. At night, this face of the mountain comes alive with spectacular laser and fireworks shows.
A really big rock of granite east of the city, Stone Mountain has good and bad past references.....They used to have KKK meetings at the top back in the bad old days, and lots of Civil War stuff happened around there, but it is a gorgeous hunk of rock for climbing, boating in the lake, fishing, sightseeing, a train ride and a laser show in the summer against the famous carving on the side of the mountain portraying Robert E Lee ahorseback.....
This is a huge festival taking up a large part of one area of the Stone Mountain Park and parking can be hectic midday---best to get there early and get a parking spot near the exit.........Lots of handmade crafts, metal sculptures, antiques, food and drink and also entertainment from country stars to rock and roll. This years fest is from September 9-12...It will still be pretty warm this time of the year so dress accordingly.....very family friendly---they also have food tastings with local restaurant chefs....
Stone Mountain features the largest Bas-relief sculpture in the world. Started around 1916 by Gutzon Borglum, later commissioned to complete Mount Rushmore, it wasn't until 1972 that the sculpture was considered finished. Commissioned by the United Daughters of the Confederacy, the sculpture depicts Stonewall Jackson, Robert E. Lee, Jefferson Davis and their horses, Blackjack, Traveller, and Little Sorrel.
The mountain itself is a monadnock, or inselberg, made up of quartz monzonite rock. At the summit, the elevation is 1686 feet (513m) above sea level and 825 feet (251.5m) above the surrounding area. There are several trails around the base of the mountain as well as a trail to the summit. The Walk-up Trail is 1.3 miles (2.1 km) to the top and features a very steep incline. The trail can become very slippery in wet weather conditions and it is advised to use the Skyride cable cars.
The view from the top offers an amazing landscape. The entire city of Atlanta is visible from the summit as well as the Appalachian Mountains on especially clear days. Be sure to check the weather before heading out to this destination. Rain or fog will not make for a good experience.
Stone Mountain is a quartz monzonite dome monadnock. It rises to 1,686 feet (513 m) elevation and 825 feet (251.5 m) from the ground. If that was not impressive enough, it is also the largest bas relief sculpture in the world of three Confederate leaders of the Civil War, President Jefferson Davis and Generals Robert E. Lee and Thomas J. "Stonewall" Jackson proudly riding on their favorite steeds "Blackjack," "Traveller," and "Old Sorrel,". This carving measures 3 acres (12,000 m2), about the size of three football fields. The carving dimensions of the three men are 400 feet (120 m) above the ground, 90 by 190 feet (58 m), and are recessed 42 feet (13 m) into the mountain.
The carving sprung from the idea in 1912 from Mrs. C. Helen Plane, member of the United Daughters of the Confederacy. In 1916 Gutzon Borglum was commissioned to do the carving, but was reassigned in 1923 to finish Mount Rushmore. Augustus Lukeman continued until 1928 and sadly it stood unfinished for over thirty years. In 1958 the mountain was purchased by the state from the Venable family and in 1964 Walker Hancock assigned started carving, but once again it was passed on to another, Roy Faulkner. It finally was finished on March 3, 1972.
At 1686 feet tall, it stands above anything around the area to the east of the city. Kennesaw Mountain is the only rival to height and size. The area park is 3,200 acres and at the east end of the city. The three figures of great soldiers are carved into the mountainside. Stonewall Jackson, Robert E. Lee, and Jefferson DAvis are of fame to the South for what they gave for the cause. It covers 3 acres, or 3 football fields in size. It is 190x90 feet. The mountain is 5 miles around the perimeter, and there are numerous walk paths to take. At the main part there is a small area of the history. In the summers they hold lazer shows with beams of light shining up the sky. The added attractions for visitors includes a lot of "tacky" things to do for adults and kids.
We were planning to spend only a few hours but ended up a whole day and had a ball. A lot of things where closed because the season was over but still there was plenty to see and to do. I still smile when I hear "I feel good" on the radio because that song reminds me of the duck-ride and the silly whistles. We had a wonderful time.
The 3,200 acres offer the city's best singular recreational opportunity: 10 miles of hiking trails, 15 miles of biking-jogging paths, golf, tennis, fishing and water slides. A 1.3-mile trail takes visitors to the top of the mountain. A gondola also whisks visitors past the sculpture and to the top.
The world's largest hunk of exposed granite features a giant relief sculpture of Confederate leaders. A Civil War theme park, two hotels and a huge recreational spread figure prominently. The restored antebellum plantation, scenic railroad and paddlewheel boat are popular.